This is an analysis of the poem Kitty Mccrae - A Galloping Rhyme that begins with:

The Western sun, ere he sought his lair,
Skimm’d the treetops, and glancing thence, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcc dedeff cdcdgg hihihh jfjfcc hkhkXc gfgfdd ldldcX mdmdcc ghghcc gnXnoo hghgcc cicicC pipicC bcbccX hfhfcc dhdhcc qeqecc bhbhgg bhbhgg hdhdcc brbrcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 010111101 10111101 100110101 01001101001 011100101 11011101001 100111011 110101111 10010111 110110101 010011101 0010100101 0010110101 1111001001 100100101 1010110101 111100101 0101011001 100100111 1010100101 1101101101 110100111 11101001001 0010010001 110011100 101111101 011100101 011100101 110010101 1100100101 1101111011 1011111101 1011111111 111100101 1110100101 110100101 1010101101 1010100101 10100100101 1110100111 110100111 110110101 1010100101 11001101001 101111101 101100101 111111101 0111001010 010110101 0100100101 110100111 110100101 110110111 1110010101 110101101 101100101 110111101 11011010101 110101101 1011100101 01110100 1101010101 001100100 1100101001 1010100101 110011101 110101101 1110100101 0010100101 1110110101 1100100111 1101100101 100100101 1100100101 00100100101 1100100101 011100101 1100100101 1000110101 110010111 1011111101 001001011001 1011101101 1100100101 010110111 110110101 1100101111 111100101 11110111 1011101010 10100101 1111100101 011101101 0011110101 1101001101 11110101 010110101 11110100101 1100110101 10011001111 11110101 101100101 11110101 110110101 111111001 111111111 1010110101 1100100101 110010111 1100110101 010100101 110100111 111010101 111100101 011100101 1110100101 1100110111 1110000101 1010100101 111101001 010110111 110100101 110100101 100100101 11110101 0100100101 110101101 010100101 101111101 11010101 110100101 011100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 22
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 278
  • Average number of words per stanza: 45
  • Amount of lines: 132
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; in, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word i is repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word mail at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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